Varsity radio flicks funds knob

TUNE IN: Ranchi University

Ranchi: Six years after the project was sounded, hopes of a community radio rekindled at Ranchi University as it submitted fees of Rs 20,200 on Tuesday to the department of telecommunications (DoT) under the ministry of communications to secure frequency for its campus radio Kanchi.

A university official associated with the community radio project Anand Kumar Thakur told this paper they were expecting to get bandwidth and frequency to operate radio Kanchi in a couple of weeks.

Though Birsa Agricultural University (BAU) in Kanke boasts a Birsa Hariyali Radio, Ranchi University will be the state's first general varsity to have a radio, Thakur said.

The recording studio would be located at the basic sciences building on Morabadi campus. Space and Rs 40 as funds have been allotted for this project, he said.

After getting frequency, the varsity will start constructing the studio. "The detailed plan report is in place. The agency to construct the studio has to be chosen via government of India's empanelled agencies, which will be done after we get frequency. Simultaneously, a formal MoU has to be signed by DoT that we will get permission to go on air with our programmes," he explained.

The RU radio project was first mooted in 2011 after which the Union ministry of information and broadcasting issued a letter of intent. But varsity sources said lack of funds and indifference from earlier varsity management had delayed the project.

"Current RU vice chancellor Ramesh Kumar Pandey is very keen on it and has fast-tracked formalities at departmental levels," Thakur said.

Pandey couldn't be contacted on Tuesday as his phone remained out of range.

Students said they were waiting for the radio for long.

Kavita Jha, a first-year botany PG student, said she wanted to be an RJ. "The project has been pending for many years now. But if it comes up soon, I would love to work voluntarily," she said.

Her classmate Simran said a campus radio would give their university a unique identity and an option for students to think out loud. "Those looking for media-related jobs or even to engage positively in something different can use it to develop their personality and articulation," she said.


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